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>> five men accused of gang raping and indian students are due in court. you are watching al jazeera, live from doha. also, finding the reaction to
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president assad. warnings of more fires in australia. who will be named the world's best footballer? we will find later in the awards. the free syrian army says it will not accept the new peace plan. assad laid out some resolutions for ending the conflict in her first -- in the first speech since june of last year. he has been condemned at home and abroad. >> with an audience of cheering supporters, syria's president gave his first speech since june of last year.
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>> they are terrorists who follow all kind of philosophy. they call themselves jihadists. -- who follow al qaeda philosophy. >> it excludes those he says are betraying syria. >> there is a group of extremists who understand no language other than terrorism. >> this group watched the speech with scorn. >> we hope this is his last speech, and we think it is a waste of time. >> he is trying to be little the revolution. we think this is the people's revolution. >> they were forced to listen to the speech on the radio. the electricity was down again. >> we did not have any power.
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we tried to listen on the radio, but the sound was too loud, and we could not hear it properly. i do not think he said anything new. >> after the speech they sing songs of victory. the president excludes them from what he says is his plan for peace and reconciliation in syria. >> several world leaders, turkey has been sheltering serbian refugees and pushing for an end to the conflict. >> he is making wrong deductions about the historical process that is happening and continues to happen in syria. the reports were given to him with the aim of gaining his favor. >> there is more condemnation from athens.
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the spokesperson says this is another attempt to cling to pattern and does nothing to advance the goal of the political transition. she went on to say assad has left legitimacy and must step aside for a democratic transition that meets aspirations of the syrian people. relatives of a group of the egyptians are demanding the release. the 11 men have been accused of training locals on how to overthrow the government. they say some members are among the detainees but insist they are innocent. the former republican senator charles hegel is expected to be nominated by president obama as the next defense secretary.
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he has proven to be a controversial choice. >> he was a member of the u.s. senate before retiring in 2009. he spent the last three years advising president obama on key issues. on the iraq war he said there is no strategy. on the issue of iran's nuclear ambitions, how is it that we can have nuclear-weapons -- they cannot have nuclear-weapons but our allies can. he called for talks, and that raised a red flag, worried about how he could be in charge of a one-on-one military relationship between the u.s. and israel. president obama arrived back from hawaii, ready to get back to business. he is looking for a bipartisan
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pay. he is also looking for a fight. republicans would have none of susan rice because of the way she handled the been gauzy situation. -- been gauzy -- benghazi situation. if you wish to vote against him, hats off to you. mitch mcconnell has been appearing on sunday broadcasts. agel comesen chuck hege up, he will be given tough but fair questioning. >> an indian court will read out charges of five men accused of the game rape and murder of -- gang rape and murder of a student. they will also be charged with kidnapping and robbery.
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the 22-year-old woman died of her injuries in a singapore hospital last week. protests and vigils are continuing to deal with sexual assault. a father of the victim has denied he wanted to be named. several said the identity should only be relieved -- revealed. indian law bans the identification of sex crime victims. our guest joins us from the bureau in new delhi. it is good to have you with us. do you think the victims should be named? >> i think it should be less through the victims, and i have known several cases of women
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raped who wrote in their own names, gave their own photographs. it should be left to the discretion of the victim. it is not something that should be legislated only through law. it is as unfair as it is to just say her name on tv screens when she would rather be anonymous. >> they have already started legal proceedings against the tv network. do you think this was going to help the perception the indian public has at the moment of the police and government in dealing with this incident? >> it is this action, not
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because they want the identity of the victims protected. it is because the police want their own mishandling, their own incompetence covered up. he could have well ended up dead, the way they beat him up. i think it is a very valuable question the country needed to know, how even in this case the police acted only to protect themselves. >> you have worked with women's rights for decades now. what legal reforms would you like to see come out of this?
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>> i would like to prioritize reform, because to us, more amendments to rape law will achieve next to nothing if the police force remains as incompetent and dysfunctional and courts continued to drag even ordinary cases for decades, and even these cases, including crimes relating to terrorism. let them drag on for decades, and the judicial system, which is capable of delivering speedy justice should not be trusted
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with more draconian laws some people have demanded, so i think it is the certainty of punishment rather than the severity which makes people understand they cannot get away with this. >> the center for developing studies in new delhi, joining us. thank you very much. police in northern ireland are still on high alert after four months of fighting in belfast. the violence began after they decided to stop flying the british flag for much of the year. this has angered many in the protestant community who identified themselves as british. 52 police officers have been injured. police in kuwait have used tear gas and stun grenades to break up an anti-government protest.
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this appears to show security forces dispersed a crowd of about 300 people. police reportedly arrested 20 people. protests against the new parliament and slow reforms have increased over the past year. 13 suspected criminals in the philippines have been killed in a shootout, including at least three police officers. security officials a gunman opened fire on more than 50 police at a checkpoint. police discovered at least three of the dead were fellow officers. some australian states are bracing for more bushfires as the heat wave continues. prime minister gillard has warned of catastrophic conditions. she has visited communities in tasmania. australian media says most of the hundred people have been
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accounted for. no deaths or serious injuries have been reported so far. andrew thomas has just found this of date from tasmania. -- this update from tasmania. >> they have moved on from relatively populated areas, so at the moment there are no people at risk. police are taking advantage of the relatively cooler temperatures to go house to house to check that no one has been harmed. so far they have not found any evidence of that. the concern is that high extreme temperatures are heading further northward in particular to new south wales. sydney is expected to reach 44 degrees on tuesday, and if fires break out, we could see potential danger to people. julia gillard is meeting with evacuees.
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here is what she has to say. >> i have come to tasmania for one purpose, and that is to say to the people of tasmania the nation is standing with them at this difficult time. we will be standing with them in every way. i have already met the victorians and people from new south wales to have come to work in support of their friends in tasmania as tasmania continues to fight these fights and then move into the recovery phase from this. >> still ahead, regulatory is -- regulators agreed to ease restrictions on banks, but can they act responsibly? as russian orthodox christians celebrate christmas, we look at the church and state.
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>> hello once again. heat wave conditions continue across much of australia. we have also got a tropical depression. that is likely to lead to showers across darwin and western australia. we see temperatures at alice springs of 41. 37 through the course of wednesday. we could see slightly cooler weather returning. across new zealand we are looking at a rather mixed picture with clouds expected and a chance of rain at times. to move into parts of asia, we have heavy showers expected in
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the philippines especially. it continues to look wet here as the tropical storm is moving through. there is heavy rain expected and showers. we are seeing slightly better weather conditions. highs are expected to reach 32 in jakarta. >> good to have you with us. the top stories. in just a couple hours an indian court will convene on charges
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against five men accused of the rape and murder of a medical student. all five could face the death penalty as convicted. syria's president has set up a plan to end the conflict. it will only be possible as rebel forces start fighting. australia is bracing for more bushfires as the heat wave in several southern states continues. the prime minister has warned of catastrophic conditions. banks are going to be allowed to change the financial save the buses they used to protect themselves in a crisis. they should have more assets that are easy to sell if they run into trouble. the basil committee on the
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banking commission has relaxed the rules on the type of assets banks can hold to to reduce financial stocks. the new standard will take full affect by 2019. the director of financial regulation in washington says the new rules could improve safety mechanisms. >> this defiance what banks can sell quickly, and liquid is in the eye of the beholder. they focus on sovereign debt as the most liquid. when you have mortgaged-backed liquidities we know what got us in trouble. i think one of the telling things is greek debt was treated as riskless. that proved to not be the case.
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it goes to things like corporate equity. many of these things will ultimately not be liquid when push comes to shove. on the other hand if you have narrow liquid assets, if they get in trouble, you have something that would not be systemic in threatening the entire system. at the end of the day, the only thing that is truly a liquid would be cash. the vast majority of u.s. banks and european banks would already be compliant with these rules. i would go as far as to say bear stearns would be complying with these rules. >> venezuela -- a member of the opposition says there is a show of unity.
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the justice first movement says the apparent close this is fake. every year it gets harder for iraq's farmers to produce their crop. drought levels are increasing, and the soil is compromised by traditions that date back thousands of years. jane has the story from iraq. >> trouble in the garden of eden. this is the fertile crescent, the land between the tigris and euphrates rivers. food was so plentiful people 5000 years ago were first able to settle down and build the first buildings. many believe this was the location of the garden of eden. >> there were date palms. they planted rice. there was fission papyrus and
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birds. there were all kinds of animals. -- there was dish and papyrus and birds. there were all kinds of animals. what more could you want? >> the family is carrying on the tradition. he raises water buffalo and cattle. there are bees for honey. 60,000 types of dates grow in the orchards, but there is not enough water for the aromatic rice his family grew for generations. in the land of the garden of eden, orchards like this are disappearing. iraq loses huge amounts of agricultural land every year as farmland turned to desert. when people cannot farm anymore, they migrate to overcrowded cities. in bosnia alone, 50,000 families are living in poverty -- basria 50,000 families are living in poverty. the government is trying to reclaim some of the land.
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they have planted thousands of eucalyptus trees to anchor the soil. farmland is increasingly competing with the oil industry and losing. >> the ministry of will always objects to trying to allocate for agricultural use. every time we try to use a certain piece of land, they say to us know. >> they are trying to encourage farmers not to abandon the land, but without a major effort to restore the soil, many worry farming could die out in a land where it was born. >> thousands of worshipers have gathered in russia's main cathedral in moscow for mass orthodox christmas. last year the opposition criticized the church for being too close to the state. they have said 2013 should be a
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year of reconciliation. inside the glittering cathedral, hundreds of orthodox christians came together for midnight mass. under candlelight and in the church not far from the kremlin, the crowd was said to give thanks to jesus christ. among the worshipers, the prime minister, medvedev. the majority of russians belong to the orthodox church. in recent years it has seen a resurgence of followers, but it was not always this way. during the soviet era, religion was frowned upon, and many died trying to protect it. others followed their faith in secret. >> i was allowed to go to church
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again, but 42 years ago, i had to baptized by daughter. -- baptized my daughter. >> religion has always united the russian people. i think it is part of tradition. history shows everything has been done in the interest of god and religion. >> the role of the church in secular russia is being questioned more and more. during the past year, the relationship between the russian orthodox church and the state has been put under the microscope. some worry the opposition is becoming too close. >> the cathedral of christ the savior itself was the scene of the punk band, pussy riot's protest against putin's
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relationship with the church. in the christmas eve address, they called for pulte -- for freedom of speech to be protected. 2012 was a turbulent year in russia. many are hoping 2013 will bring peace and reconciliation. >> the french actor gerard depardieu has been offered an apartment by the russian government. he was showing off his new russian passport. he has threatened to give up his french citizenship over plans to raise taxes on the rich. there is a short list of three players showing off their skills
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in spain on sunday. >> how the use that -- had you decide who the best player in the world is? is it rinaldo? the crown will be handed to one of those in zurich. sunday saw all three of them in action in the matches. it should really be a no- brainer. he led spain to their second european title in a row. he is also named the best player in the chevy in, but it is hard to mention when he played in the league. messi broke the record by six. he got his first goal of 2013.
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they could win a record on monday. rinaldo needed to be the keeper. back on the pitch again after being dropped for the first time in 10 years last month. he could not keep the goals out, but renault and scored two of the victories. they have not been such a good team. 46 of them drag them to the title, but messi may be the name on the list, but rinaldo will believe his name should be on the trophy. >> at 11:00
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p.m. eastern. >> good to have you with us. these are the top stories. in a couple hours an indian court will officially charged five men accused of the gang rape and murder of an indian student. all five could face the death penalty. syria's president has set up a plan to end the conflict, but he says police will only be possible if rebels stopped fighting. australia is bracing for more bushfires. prime minister giulio could --
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julia gillard has warned new south wales of catastrophic conditions. protests and vigils are continuing across india over the gang rape of a student. people want tougher laws to deal with cases of sexual assault. the father of the victim has her in a wants to name th newspaper. others say she should only be named its the new law is named after her. the founder of the human rights organization says what is needed now is a total revamping of the police force and judiciary. >> i would like to prioritize police reform and judicial reform, because for us tampering
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with that, it will receive next to nothing if the police force remains as incompetent and corrupt and dysfunctional as it is, and are forced continues to drag ordinary cases for decades, and even extraordinary cases, including crimes relating to terrorism. they let them drag on for decades on end, and the judicial system, which is incapable of delivering short and speedy justice, should not be trusted with the death penalty or even more draconian laws some people are demanding. >> the free syrian army says it will not accept president bashar al-assad's plans and calls for
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him to step down. the speech has been condemned by the opposition at home and abroad. >> with an audience of cheering supporters in damascus, syria's president gave the first speech since june of last year. >> they are terrorists who follow out by the's philosophy. they have come from across the world and are leading terrorist operations on the ground. >> it excludes those betraying syria. >> who do we side with, a group of extremists? >> this group of fighters watched the speech with scorn. >> we held this is his last speech, and we think it is a
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waste of time. whoever writes his speeches is ignorant. >> we are saying this is the people's revolution, and we will see the results. >> fighters were forced to listen to the speech on the radio, where electricity was down again. >> we tried to listen on the radio, but the sound of shelling was too loud, and we could not hear it properly. >> after the speech the fighters singsongs of victory, mocking the man they demand hand over power. the president that excludes them from what he says is his plan for reconciliation. >> several world leaders give
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condemnation. turkey has been sheltering refugees and pushing for an end to the conflict. >> he is making the wrong deductions about the process that is happening and continues to happen in syria. that means he is boxed up in the room and only reads intelligence reports given to him with the aim of gaining his favor. >> there is more condemnation from others. it is said the speech is another attempt to cling to power and does nothing to advance the syrian people's goal of political transportation. she went on to say they must step aside to enable the political solution and a democratic transition that meets the aspirations of the syrian people. in the u.s. the former republican senator chuck hagel
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is expected to be nominated as the defense secretary. he has proven to be a controversial choice. >> he spent the last three years advising president obama on key defense issues. he is very outspoken. on the iraq war he once called the strategy a game of pingpong. on the issue of nuclear issues he said, how is it you can have -- you cannot have them but we can? chuck hegel calls for talks with hamas, and that raised a red flag among many republicans worried about how he could be in charge of the one-on-one military relationship between the u.s. and israel, having made comments like that. president obama arrived from hawaii. he is also the before a fight.
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the u.s.-u.n. ambassador susan rice, republicans would have none of her because of the way she handled the been gauzy situation. president obama is saying, i am putting up chuck paypal. he is not withdrawing his name, so republicans if you wish to vote against him, that is up to you. mitch mcconnell says when chuck hagel comes up for confirmation, he will be given tough but fair questioning. >> southern australian states are preparing for more bushfires as the heat wave continues. the prime minister has urged people in new south wales to be vigilant. most of the 100 people missing have now been accounted for, and
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no deaths or serious injuries have been found so far. >> the fires have not left tasmania, but they have moved onto a relatively populated area to forests and at the moment there are no people at risk. fire fighters go house to house to check that no one has come to any harm. so far they have not found evidence of that, so that is the good news. the concern is that fires are traveling into new south wales. sydney is expected to reach 34 degrees on tuesday. as fires break out, we could see it serious damage to property and potentially people. julia gillard was in tasmania. here is a little of what she has to say. >> i have come to tasmania for
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one purpose, and that is to say the nation is standing with them at this very difficult time. we will be standing with them in every way. i have already met victorians and people from new south wales who have come to work in support of their friends in tasmania as tasmania continues to fight these fires and then move into the recovery phase. >> the indian army is accusing pakistan of breaking the terms of the cease-fire in the disputed region of kashmir. the pakistani army claims one of its soldiers was killed in a cross border raids by the indian army. india said pakistan fired across the border for this. >> it is evident the pakistani army continues to violate the cease-fire agreement.
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maybe to facilitate infiltration attempts. the attempts of the infiltrators will not succeed. >> security issues aside, pakistan has to worry about widespread poverty. the un says more than half the population barely has enough to eat, and the energy shortage is making things worse. >> he used to be able to provide for his family. not anymore. a shortage of natural gas has taken his jobs. >>, as opposed to feed my kids? if it goes on like this, i would have no choice. >> the machinery in factories now stand idle.
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production lines are empty for thousands of workers out of the job. the energy crisis has paralyzed production in more than 500 factories. the government says it has to meet the demand from household users, but the result is an increase in unemployment. the un estimates more than half the people in pakistan cannot afford meals, and that is rising. >> the lack of electricity. the increase of unemployment are definitely factors, which are probably raising the number of people going beyond the poverty level. >> double-digit inflation has pushed the price beyond the reach of many families, and growing unemployment has been seen as a social menace.
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>> it is adversely affecting the daily wage earner, and if they do not have a job ultimately, they will get involved in crimes to feed their families. >> these workers still have jobs, and the government is promising to do something about the power shortage. that does many workers hoping to return to the work force soon, but the family is still struggling to manage, and surviving on just hope can only go so far. >> still ahead, saving the manatee. animal activists fighting to protect the gentle giant. >> how old are you? 25? i guess i have got a couple years of you. >> how does he do it? we will meet the oldest professional tennis player, still going strong at 82.
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>> it is good to have you with us. the top stories. in just a couple hours an indian court will read out charges against five men accused of being raping and murdering a student. all five could face the death penalty if convicted. syria's president has set up a plan to end the conflict. they say it will only be possible if rebel forces stop fighting. australia is bracing for more bushfires as a heat wave in several southern states continues. prime minister julia gillard has warned of catastrophic conditions. she had earlier visited fire
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ravaged communities in tasmania. google's chairman heading to north korea. eric schmidt is part of the delegation led by bill richardson. they stop in beijing on the way to pyongyang. >> the purpose of the visit is a private humanitarian mission. we are going to make an assessment of the north korean economic political situation. we are also going to look at the humanitarian status of the korean people, but also there is an american detain there, a korean american, and we are going to try to inquire on the status, steve we can see him and possibly lay the groundwork for him coming home. >> police in kuwait have used
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tear gas to break up an anti- government protest. this appears to show security forces against the crowd of 300 people. protests against the new parliament and slow political reforms has increased over the past year. egypt's recently ordained pope says he wants to see an end to the deep political conflict -- commission. he told al jazeera the church should stay out of state affairs. hmm >> thank you for talking to us. let me begin by asking what is your message this first christmas after being ordained >> happy new year end
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merry christmas. >> the most important message is one of happiness. the world needs to get happy, especially in egypt. >> what is your message? >> the same message, but i would like to add we need stability. we need a new beginning. we need to stop street protests and start the journey of work in construction. i invite all egyptians to build a new community. >> your delegation withdrew from a constituent assembly. what was your reaction to the referendum? >> we took part in deliberations, but at a certain time we pulled out because they were uncomfortable with certain articles. the constitution was going against the concept of equality, and the constitution
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is the basis of legislation. we will follow the practical implementation of these articles and see if it will convey extremism or not. then we will react accordingly. >> to your calculations or your approach as the head of the church, the you feel they are going to be different given the political environment? >> in the past decades, cops have been marginalized, but after the revolution, cops have started to express their opinions freely. previously cops would protest inside the cathedral, but after the revolution they go outside of the state tv building. this is one of the positive goals. from my and i will try alongside all the bishops and priests to focus on the spiritual role of the church followed by the social role. therefore the political role will have no role left except to
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continue partisan politics. >> is it the tendency to try to pull the church out of politics? >> indeed, the church needs to remain out of politics. the church as a spiritual establishment. that is the primary role. it is also a social role to help with construction of services and schools and so on. >> banks are being allowed more flexibility in a crisis. they will have more assets that will be easier to turn to cash if they have problems. regulators still want banks to hold enough cash and assets they can sell quickly in case they run into trouble. the basil committee has relaxed the rules on the type of asset banks can hold to reduce financial shock. it will take full effect in 2019.
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the director of financial regulation at the cato institute says the new rules could improve banking mechanisms. >> is really defined what liquid assets the banks can sell quickly. the liquid is in the eye of the beholder. it really started out with a focus on mortgage-backed securities. we know that in the united states mortgage-backed securities is what got us in trouble. greek debt was treated as risk free and it turned out to not be the case. the new rules to expand that. they go to things like corporate debt and corporate equity, so there's a tradeoff that many things would not be liquid when push comes to shove. on the other hand when you have narrow assets when they get in
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trouble, you have something as a shock that would not be systemic and threaten the entire system. at the end of the day the only thing that is truly a liquid is cash. it is worth keeping in mind the vast majority of u.s. banks and european banks would already be compliant with these rules. i would go as far as to say bear stearns would be compliant. >> banking still seems risky. what about taking a chance on the lottery? they dished out $260,000 to each winner, but the austerity measures mean they will pay 20% income tax. >> i was very nervous awhile ago, but i finally believe it. >> i have three sons, and they are unemployed, so i will help them.
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that is what makes me happy, to be able to help my dearest ones. >> time appears to be going -- to be running out in peru. the marine mammals are now close to extinction. >> it is known here as the largest mammal in the amazon. the manatee is also in danger of extinction. she is six months old, one of nine manatees at the rescue center in northeastern peru. she was saved a month ago from her captors and is surviving mainly on milk. the species lives mostly on rivers and lakes, but hunters are making life in the wild dangerous. >> it is so bad authorities
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cannot reach most of it. people continue to capture the manatees for human consumption. >> they consider the made explicit. it is a new tradition, and many -- consider the meet explicit. it is a tradition, and many consider them as pets. they found 15 baby amenities that have died in captivity. here biologists are teaching children these animals are friendly but that they are also important for the ecosystem and they need to live in their own environment. >> people have to get involved about manatee conservation, and the best way is children, because they are going to become leaders here in the amazon. >> biologists have already sent
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eight manatee's back into the wilderness. she will eventually go back, but for now she is learning to eat bananas and other fruits, waiting for her turn to be free again. >> finally, he has won 40 titles. he is still playing at the age of 82. he is a tennis player from canada who refuses to leave the court. we met up with the veteran in toronto. >> how old are you? 25? i guess i got a couple years on you. >> he rarely misses a chance to smack a tennis ball. often with an opponent less than a third of his age. he has even played a bit with canada's leading prospect of the moment from toronto.
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not many of his strokes miss their mark in the senior professional tournament he has been playing for more than 20 years. he has won 40 titles since the turn 60. a marathon career in tennis began in the 1940's on canada's west coast. >> i am holding the trophy, and an old wooden racket, and i fast-forward to 2012, in paris, that is when they gave me the first scene your award -- senior award for a tennis player. >> that recognition is the most treasured honor, along with his singles victory in 1924 -- 1934. next year he will play in
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austria, and he is off to australia soon to see his 62- year-old girlfriend. >> i never let today's go -- two days ago. you hit the racket. you do not have to play matches all the time. >> when he is in canada or the u.s., he literally lives in his car, traveling constantly to warm places where he can play an outdoor courts and is it a lifetime of france. >> tennis is the sport of a lifetime -- and visit a lifetime of friends. >> tennis is the sport of a lifetime. it has been great for me. i am very into it. >> after nearly 75 years on the courts, he is not planning to put down his racket anytime soon. his next goal? to win the title for tennis players of the age of 90. -- over the age of 90.
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